Edwin Lamont Barber – Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army

From a contemporary press report:

Edwin Lamont Barber Jr., 90, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who served with the CIA from 1953 to 1973, died of congestive heart failure January 20, 2001, at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

At the CIA, he had worked in the directorate of operations doing military analysis of Eastern Bloc counties, among other duties. His last assignment was running the internal courier and distribution service.

Colonel Barber, a Falls Church resident, was born in Webster Groves, Missouri, and was a civil engineering graduate of the University of Kansas.

He was in the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and served in the Army Air Forces in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, he went off and on active Army duty until the early 1970s. He served in military advisory groups to Vietnam in the late 1950s and in South Korea in the early 1960s.

His memberships included the Army Navy Country Club and St. Philips Catholic Church in Falls Church, where he did volunteer work for Meals on Wheels.

He was married to Wilda Beryl Wright Barber from 1936 until her death in 1992. Survivors include two sons, Edwin L. Barber III of Washington and Richard R.W. Barber of San Francisco; two daughters, Betsy A. Albert of Fairfax and Kathleen B. Lanoue of Williamstown, Mass.; two brothers; two sisters; and six grandchildren.

BARBER, EDWIN L., JR. (Age 90)

Of Falls Church, VA, on Saturday, January 20, 2001. Beloved husband of the late Wilda W. Barber; father of Edwin, Elizabeth Ann, Kathleen and Richard. He is also survived by two brothers, two sisters, and six grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Fort Myer Old Post Chapel, on Thursday at 8:45 a.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the SOS Children's Villages-USA, 1317 F St., NW, Washington, DC 20004; or St. Joseph's Indian School, PO Box 100, Chamberlain, SD 57325.

Posted: 9 July 2001

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